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South Herts Golf Club


Local Rules 

LOCAL RULES 
1. OUT OF BOUNDS (RULE 18.2) IS DEFINED BY:
a) The line between the course-side points at ground level of the white stakes behind the green on hole 2, and to the left of holes 16, 17 and 18.
b) The boundary to the left of hole 5.
c) On hole 6, by the fence on the left of the tee and, beyond that, by the line between the course-side points at ground level of the white stakes.
d) On hole 18, by the course-side of the wall bordering the lower car park and by the course side of the kerb or tarmac at the back and to the right of the green. 

2. PENALTY AREAS
Red and Yellow penalty areas are clearly marked with the corresponding posts. 
a) As an extra relief option for the penalty area behind the green on hole 6, adding one penalty stroke, a player may drop a ball in the dropping zone situated behind the green. The dropping zone is a relief area under Rule 14.3.
b) When the ball last crossed the edge of any red penalty area on hole 18, as an extra relief option adding one penalty stroke, the player may drop the original ball or a ball on the opposite side of the penalty area:

Reference Point: The estimated point on the opposite edge of the penalty area that is the same distance from the hole as the estimated point where the original ball last crossed the edge of the red penalty area.
 
Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: Two club-lengths, but with these limits: Limits on Location of Relief Area: 
 
Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and  May be in any area of the course except the same penalty area, but If more than one area of the course is located within two club-lengths of the reference point, the ball must come to rest in the relief area in the same area of the course that the ball first touches when dropped in the relief area.
 
c) The red penalty area on the left side of the fairway on hole 18 extends to and coincides with the out of bounds edge. 

3. PROTECTION OF YOUNG TREES
The young trees identified by protecting tubes and/or stakes are no play zones:
If a player’s ball lies anywhere on the course other than in a penalty area and it lies on or touches such a tree or such a tree interferes with the player’s stance or area of intended swing, the player MUST take relief under Rule 16.1f. 

4. TREE ROOTS
If a player’s ball is in the general area and there is interference from exposed tree roots that are in a part of the general area cut to fairway height or less, the tree roots are treated as ground under repair. The player may take free relief under Rule 16.1b. 

5. FIXED SPRINKLER HEADS (immovable obstruction)
Immovable obstructions close to putting green: In addition to the types of interference described in Rule 16.1a, when a ball lies in the general area, interference also exists if an immovable obstruction is: on the player’s line of play, is within two club-lengths of the putting green, and is within two club-lengths of the ball.

The player may take relief under Rule 16.1b. (Exception – There is no relief under this Local Rule if the player chooses a line of play that is clearly unreasonable.) 
 
In addition:-
Health & Safety:-
• FOG:- Players are respectfully reminded that when visibility is seriously curtailed due to fog, extreme caution must be exercised. Please seek guidance if it’s safe to play from any club official. 
• Thunder & Lightning:- In the event of a thunder and lightning storm players are requested to stop play immediately and please exit the course or take Shelter in the provided storm shelters located around the course (8th/ 12th/ 16th)

Secretary 
February 2019





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